2e2 Douglas deny Dukinfield
Monday, 08 October 2012 15:27
2e2 Douglas rugby club conquered a spirited Dukinfield side on Saturday in what was a good battle at Port-e-chee.
The game started slowly with both sides figuring out exactly what the other one had to offer. Dukinfield tried to impress their game plan first but 2 mauls in succession were disrupted by Dan Creer who defied belief with the steals. With the visitors confused as to how it was robbed the centres ran the lines and Scott Goodall crossed the line.
Dukinfield took just 5 minutes to pin back Douglas and a line out and resulting maul allowed them the position to get over the line. Douglas were being a little wasteful in possession and Dukinfield had their tails up.
Eventually some positive phases were put together, the first allowed Bryn Snellgrove to sneak through and then in quick succession Nick Horsthuis crossed and Douglas looked to be in control. The Douglas daze set in and the Dukinfield right wing went in unopposed with the blindside wide open. 19 - 10 at half time.
The second half was much the same as the first. Both teams battling hard, Douglas crossed first with Liam King gliding in. As Lemony Snickett wrote a series of unfortunate events unfolded, Conor McCaughan saw yellow when he had little choice an took one for the team! Dukinfield turned the screw and Paul Leivers hauled down the maul, penalty try without a warning was the refs choice.
Douglas then decided to play their style of attractive rugby, Snellgrove broke the line on his own 22 and had Callum Carine on his shoulder who took it on and fed Liam King who when hauled short fed Niall Killey for the try and that was the game for Douglas.
Another bonus point win for Douglas despite not being at their best. Credit must go to Dukinfield who came to play rugby and Douglas had to fight for everything from the first whistle to the last. Next week Douglas have Oldershaw away and improvements must be made if the run is to continue.
Douglas battle Dukinfield
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 12:42
2E2 Douglas Rugby Club welcome Dukinfield to Port-e-Chee this weekend for another fixture in South Lancashire and Cheshire Division 2. This game should be a good game for the spectators with both teams up at the top of the table. Dukinfield are in 3rd behind Douglas by 3 points and will want to overturn the home team to climb up above them in the standings.
Douglas have a few late fitness tests this week as it seems the Collegiate match has taken its toll on a few muscles this week. Glyn Hooson-Owen, Daryn Thompson and Rob Todd have all picked up a few niggly muscular injuries this week and skipper Scott Goodall will no doubt be hoping they are just niggles and they can shake them off before the weekend. Ben Pote travels back to fill in at tight head and should Todd not make it then the more than capable Dan Creer is available to step in at loosehead. James Lidgett is unavailable this week but Carl Markl-Ferns is back from his adventures and will slot back in at hooker. With the second team not ahving a fixture there are plenty of able deputies waiting in the the shadows for their chance in the first team having seen Carl Conroy and Liam King take their chances I'm sure the skipper wont hesitate to call them up.
Dukinfield are a very physical side and will not be pushovers, they have a well organised forward pack and a fly half who can kick the corners ably. Douglas were a little bit scrappy last week and will be looking to improve in their attack this week particularly. Douglas are expecting a very physical encounter from Dukinfield and will know that they will have to match them up front and keep their forwards quiet if they are to get themselves the go forward ball that the backs feed off. Training again has been directed towards stripping out the little errors that occur and trying to get the attack firing on all cylinders once more. Defensively Douglas have been relatively sound this season but this is going to be a good battle up front and Douglas will have to put body on the line in defence and the same in attack.
If Douglas play like they know they can and play with the structure and intensity that was prevalent in the first few weeks of the season then they will be going a long way towards victory, however dont expect Dukinfield to be coming to Port-e-chee just for the air miles they will have an awful lot to say about the outcome. They turned over Ormskirk last week and appear to be a force in the league this year so Douglas will have to have their wits about them and show the opposition respect if they want the points come saturday tea-time.
Kick off is 3pm at Port-e-chee and all are encouraged to attend and support the lads in their quest for victory!